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So you’ve spent all this money on your wedding…now you’re expected to tip?!
 
In this “Should Couples” episode, wedding planner Desirée Adams discusses tipping etiquette and what to do if you don’t have the money.
 
Aside from cash, Desirée mentions other options such as leaving reviews, sending them referrals, and shouting out their small businesses to everyone you know.
 
Money is a big topic, so let’s ask the real question – how much do you tip if you are tipping with cash?

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So you’ve spent all this money on your wedding…now you’re expected to tip?!
 
In this “Should Couples” episode, wedding planner Desirée Adams discusses tipping etiquette and what to do if you don’t have the money.
 
Aside from cash, Desirée mentions other options such as leaving reviews, sending them referrals, and shouting out their small businesses to everyone you know.
 
Money is a big topic, so let’s ask the real question – how much do you tip if you are tipping with cash?

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    Robin Sloan, The Uncorked ProjectVerifiedRobin Sloan, The Uncorked Project

    Here's what my photography team often received: $300 for the lead photographer, $100 for the second photographer in cold hard cash. That was the average tip. For reference, the total photography spend was around $10,000 and the full wedding budget was normally $200,000+. The wedding planner would have an envelope of cash handed out at the end of the wedding. Does this surprise you?

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    Robin Sloan, The Uncorked ProjectVerifiedRobin Sloan, The Uncorked Project

    I have been asked this so many times... does the wedding industry inflate prices when they hear it's a wedding?

    Here is my honest answer (as a former wedding photographer)... NO. Did I charge more for a wedding than a 50th birthday party or a family portrait session? Yes, absolutely. I charged A LOT more for a wedding.

    Was I taking advantage of the emotional sell? Absolutely not.

    The main reasons I charged more for a wedding were: the unseen amount of work involved in the 12+ months leading up to the wedding, the skill level needed on the day, the INTENSE pressure to create perfect "portfolio level work" no matter what the reality of the situation- but mostly it is to compensate for the time AFTER the wedding in post production.

    Little known fact about wedding photography - the real job is sitting at a computer editing photos. Photographers spend many hours behind the computer carefully selecting and editing photos. They make adjustments, crop, and adjust colors to ensure each image it's best. Don't forget the time it takes for batching, renaming, importing, exporting and uploading the photos and preparing them for delivery.

    Do you think this justifies why photographers charge more for weddings than for other types of shoots?

    AvatarCody Pettengill

    Couldn’t agree more! And on the videography side its an absolute ton of data + editing discipline.

    Its a double sided coin- weddings are extremely high pressure but also high reward when we nail it.

    Our products (photo video) in particular are the only thing that genuinely will last forever . Having fun and ALSO nailing the product is worth the price of entry and frankly more.

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